Jed McCaleb and Joyce Kim are the co-founders of Stellar Development Foundation. It consists of Stellar Network which is universal financial software that seeks to connect everyone to technology and Stellar.org, an NGO that is focused on educating people on digital currencies. Members at Stellar.org also participate in the development of open source software. Jed McCaleb is the current Chief Technology Officer at Stellar Development Foundation.
Jed McCaleb is both a programmer and blockchain expert who has participated in various projects to revolutionize digital currency industry. He was also the founder of Mt Gox and co-founder of eDonkey2000 (eD2K) with Sam Yagan. Mt Gox was the first Cryptocurrency exchange while eD2k was the first network that enabled users to share large files. McCaleb also founded Ripple in 2001 but left the company after two years to start Stellar.
The idea behind Stellar is to help people make fast global payments. Currently Stellar has partnered with various NGOs, Banks, and Tech companies to make the implementation a reality in various countries in the world. As more coins keep getting in the market, Jed McCaleb did not focus on creating new altcoins, instead, he created a platform that would connect financial institutions to each other. Hence the platform enables users in low-income areas to access banking services. The company is focused on implementing the network in the developing countries where a significant population does not have access to financial institutions.
McCaleb day revolves around coding and corresponding to emails and messages. Jed McCaleb and his team have continued to develop and upgrade the platform since its formation in 2014. The aim is to make it secure and easy to use among the developing nations. As of today Stellar integrates both batch operations and multi-signature smart contracts to make the platform fast and easy to use.
As an individual who is focused on how technology can help solve human problems, Jed McCaleb is also researching on Artificial Intelligence. He predicts that within two decades Artificial Intelligence will be part of our existence thus making life much easier than it is today. This interest led him to join Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) as an advisor. MIRI is a nonprofit organization coming with tools that will enable safe use of AI when they enter the market. You can connect with Jed McCaleb on Github, Twitter, and YouTube to learn more about his current and upcoming projects.
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